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Level 77 : Legendary Pokemon
2000 subscribers? Woah! Thank you everyone!

Alright, by popular demand and as a celebration, here are some of my top skinning tips/tutorial/advice. I made something like this just over a year ago, and that was when I only had 100 submissions, and my skins really didn't look good :P

I make my skins in Paint.net, and look at them in LookAtMySkin.

Also, a word of warning: I'm Australian, so I spell colour with a 'u'. Deal with it.

Okay, well, I have very little to say about colours.

I'm not going to into too much detail with hue shifting and stuff, as Knobleknives has done so already better than I could have, but I will try to explain what I do.

My method is pretty similar to the '.jpeg' method he describes, except with fewer colours.

Also, try to avoid using full white or black (#FFFFFF or #000000), unless your skin is almost entirely black or white.

Shading is a very subjective and almost controversial subject, as everyone has their own unique opions on how shading should work and how much you should do. A common argument against shading in general is that Minecraft applies it's own lighting to skins in-game, so having a shaded skin ruins this effect, but leaving skins flat looks boring, so let's shade✨

I tend to shade my skins as if there was light source vertically above them.

Materials are important!
A very important thing to consider when shading is the material of the thing that you're making a skin of. Different materials reflect light differently, with rough things like dirt and hair reflecting light less than smooth things like metal and plastic. A general rule is that the smoother something is, the shinier it is.

So, consider material when you shade!

I also like to utilise some light dithering to help convey a rough surface, especially fluffly fur, as seen above.

Shading arms!

skin file:

Also, when shading sleeves, I like to use some dithering on the sides to imply folds.

Shading Legs!!!!11

skin file:

I put little shadows at the top of the legs, because if there was a light source above the skin, the arms would cast a shadow down, onto the legs. I don't have the shadow go down the entire leg, though, as that wouldn't make sense when the leg sticks out.
body shadingg!
male and females have differences, but don't make the differences too prominent or you'll get banned

skin file:

skin file:

What's that? Your skin isn't naked? Well, use similar shading, but with less or more contrast, to show what material the body is, if it isn't skin.

Shading heads that don't have hair (or really short hair)!

skin file:

This method can also be applied to very short hair to a certain extent, as short hair doesn't change the shade of a hair very much. Just use less contrast to imply a furrier texture than skin.
Complex Hair Shading! woo!
Getting hair to look good is difficult. Just try to simplify the hair into chunks, and shade those. idk

the hair on my skins of Cloud and Corrin, because i like how they came out:

no one really knows

How do I make eyes? Hands? Mouths?
Don't know how to portray what you want on your skin? Are you tired of the same eye designs, or want to know how to make good hands? Here's the place for it!

Remember, these are only suggestions! You don't have to follow them. Do whatever you want to do!

(If you are stuck, leave a comment or something!
Eye colour is optional! You can leave irises black if you want.

There's also this 'realistic' method of doing faces, which looks pretty cool from the front. I used to do something similar. However, I don't do it anymore, as it looks very weird when you look at a face like that from the side.


I mostly use #3 myself, but I used to use #2 a lot.

<-- the bottom row ones involve putting the lighter bits on the hat layer

As explained in the 'Eyes' section, there's also this 'realistic' method of doing faces, which looks pretty cool from the front. I used to do something similar. However, I don't do it anymore, as
it looks very weird when you look at a face like that from the side.

sorry this took so long 😓
CreditKnobleknives, for his colour tips

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Update #1 : 10/11/2016 5:01:54 pmOct 11th, 2016

Added skin files with the body parts below the body part descriptions, so you don't have to copy and rescale the big images.

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  • CBomb
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  • Journeyman Prince
  • March 20, 2018, 1:26 am
Why won't the spoilers open?
  • Drazile
  • Level 77
  • Legendary Pokemon
  • March 20, 2018, 5:03 am
I don't know, they work fine for me... what browser are you using?
  • CBomb
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Prince
  • March 20, 2018, 9:35 pm
Even after update, they still don't open.

It's only not working on this post, though :/
  • CBomb
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Prince
  • March 20, 2018, 9:29 pm
Google Chrome, Version 64.0.3282.186

EDIT: Updated to 65.0.3325.181
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Pig
  • April 12, 2017, 10:58 pm
THIS. I've finnaly found your blog..

this is great tutorials for shade the skins.
  • PK_Thunder
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • February 2, 2017, 9:53 am
Do ya take Requests? :O
  • PK_Thunder
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • February 2, 2017, 9:55 am
Oh, nevermind... :(
  • Ftln
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • December 27, 2016, 1:42 am
Helllo! Please can I have the fur/hairy arm skin file?
  • FlyingTurtles
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Turtle
  • October 23, 2016, 3:24 pm
I can make capes now thanks :D
  • RobinStrider
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Network
  • January 8, 2017, 11:07 am
  • Gongbanza
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • October 11, 2016, 4:34 pm
  • 1adder
  • Level 27
  • Expert Toast
  • October 11, 2016, 7:31 am
This is so great, do you mind putting the anatomy skins for female and male you made up for download. Having the ability to examine the skins in more detail in MCSkin3D I feel would be extremely helpful.
  • Drazile
  • Level 77
  • Legendary Pokemon
  • October 11, 2016, 1:02 pm
sure :)
  • 1adder
  • Level 27
  • Expert Toast
  • October 12, 2016, 6:53 am
thanks very much <3
  • CraftyFoxe
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 72
  • Legendary Fox
  • October 5, 2016, 7:50 pm
I don't even skin, but this would be a handy tutorial if I did. The colors, pictures and diagrams are all well put together. Well done.
  • ItsPyro
  • Level 40
  • Master Pyro
  • October 4, 2016, 6:36 pm
When I realize how weird my hands are lmao
Drazile, are you making a Classic Sonic skin?
  • Folicorow
  • Level 44
  • Master Artist
  • October 3, 2016, 6:54 pm
This is incredible, really well made and really insightful! I loved the hell out of this <3
  • KnobleKnives
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 68
  • High Grandmaster Lad
  • October 3, 2016, 5:52 pm
Nice job with including a variety of different faces and such. I feel like that can help those who are looking for keeping from falling into a design rut near the beginning of skinning.
That plus the tutorial on clothing wrinkles was pretty darn cool. Noice, broheim.
  • Thea
  • Level 42
  • Master Spider Rider
  • October 3, 2016, 4:28 pm
.. I owe you my life.
  • Maloki
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • October 3, 2016, 11:57 am
listen to what prof. grimson said
  • Faz_
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • October 3, 2016, 9:24 am
I like the vitruvian man thing on the thumbnail, and great, helpful tutorial
  • Spectral
  • Chat Moderator
  • Level 49
  • Master Blob
  • October 3, 2016, 6:16 am
Get Knightsabers here for the capes <3
  • Allergy_Man
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • October 3, 2016, 5:39 am
I enjoyed this a lot, it was fun to read.
plz don't ban me
  • Gbubble
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Button Pusher
  • October 3, 2016, 2:40 pm
  • RobinStrider
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Network
  • January 8, 2017, 1:16 pm
i remember you from Crazy Pig...
  • jackalope510
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Miner
  • October 3, 2016, 3:10 am
Like this
I wish I could give you 1 million diamonds! :D
  • Edicine
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Toast
  • October 3, 2016, 2:11 am
Appreciate this tutorial!
  • Harrison_
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Toast
  • October 3, 2016, 12:18 am
Looks like another nice tutorial!

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